(1) The Blunt amendment, which would have allowed employers to opt out of a new federal health-care mandate for their employees if they have religious or moral objections, failed to win the 60 votes needed to overcome a filibuster. The vote was 51 to 48.
It's a shame that it was so close, but a victory is a victory. And more importantly, there is serious blowback on the GOP for even trying this. Scott Brown in Massachusetts might lose his Senate seat over it.
(2) Just three weeks after the state of Washington became the seventh state to approve marriage equality, Maryland became the eighth yesterday. Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) held a well-attended signing ceremony in Annapolis, clearing the way for same-sex marriages in the state. Unfortunately, the law won't take effect until next January, and it looks like the anti-equality people will likely force a ballot referendum on the issue.
(3) The GOP Race: I STILL say it's going to be Romney at the end of the day. Super Tuesday will keep Santorum alive (especially if Gingrich loses Georgia, after which, he will drop out), but don't kid yourself — Romney will win the nomination.
(4) Hardy laugh here: